Networks: An Economic Perspective

Oxford Handbook of Social Network Analysis, R. Light and J. Moody (Eds.), Oxford, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming

40 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2016

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Matthew O. Jackson

Stanford University - Department of Economics; Santa Fe Institute

Brian Rogers

Washington University in St. Louis

Yves Zenou

Stockholm University; Monash University - Department of Economics; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: August 21, 2016

Abstract

We discuss social network analysis from the perspective of economics. We organize the presentation around the theme of externalities: the effects that one’s behavior has on others’ welfare. Externalities underlie the interdependencies that make networks interesting to social scientists. We discuss network formation, as well as interactions between peoples’ behaviors within a given network, and the implications in a variety of settings. Finally, we highlight some empirical challenges inherent in the statistical analysis of network-based data.

Keywords: Networks, Social Networks, Economic Networks, Network Games, Peer Effects, Game Theory, Network Formation, Externalities

JEL Classification: D85, L14, Z13, C72

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Matthew O. and Rogers, Brian and Zenou, Yves and Zenou, Yves, Networks: An Economic Perspective (August 21, 2016). Oxford Handbook of Social Network Analysis, R. Light and J. Moody (Eds.), Oxford, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2827341

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